WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bubba Watson is making his first appearance at the Greenbrier Classic, already the center of attention despite dropping from 13th to 39th in the FedEx Cup points standings.
His week off following back-to-back fourth-place finishes at the Travelers Championship and CVS Caremark Charity Classic, respectively, put him in a precarious situation at the par 70, 7,287-yard Old White TPC, where he has ground to make up in his quest for a FedEx Cup championship.
He'll tee off at 1 p.m. today from the No. 1 hole with Phil Mickelson and Classic defending champion Ted Potter Jr.
While the native of Bagdad, Fla., is managing the ins and outs of the Old White, he's still dealing with the well-publicized dust-up between him and caddy Ted Scott on June 23 at the Travelers Championship.
Watson is trying to extend his streak of seasons with a PGA Tour win to four, and led at the Travelers by two strokes going to the par-3 No. 16.
Scott's choice of clubs led to Watson hitting his tee shot into a water hazard. After taking a drop and hitting his ball over the green, Watson asked his caddy sarcastically: "So, you're telling me that's, that's the right yardage?"
Watson, who won the Travelers in 2010, putted short on his fifth shot of the hole, and said, "There's just no reason for me to show up."
His triple bogey resulted in a fourth-place finish, and a CBS commentator said, "Somewhere along the line you've, ah, 'Hey, you hit it bud.'"